Sunday, 30 November 2014

November Favourites

With another month coming to a close, it's time to share my favourites of the last month with you again. I do this pretty much every month, so let me just jump right into it, starting with beauty first. As always the links are all in this post if you wish to find out any more information about the products I mention. Follow my blog if you like it, it means a lot to me and makes my life the tiniest little bit easier, thank you.

This is an absolutely gorgeous blush, it's quite pigmented, but if you just tap off your blush brush then you get just the right amount of product. It has a beautiful golden shimmer to it, so you can use  it on your temples as well and it just creates an extremely pretty healthy flush, it adds the right amount of colour to pull all your makeup together, whether you're wearing heavy party makeup or barely-there-I-just-want-to-look-alive-makeup.

Matte skin is always a winter favourite for me, but as I have started using Nars Sheer Glow (£31) and L'Oreal's Lumi Magique (£11) foundations, I didn't see myself returning back to my matte lifestyle. And then I remembered what a beautiful foundation this is. Here's a link to my review of this foundation here.

I find using this when my hair is scraped back into a ponytail or a bun for work helps keep my tendrils from escaping. I like to use it for neatness rather than to make an elaborate hairstyle last for a night. It is multi-purpose too, as I spray it on my face when I really need my makeup to last.

I am just loving this shade lately, I reviewed the newest additions to the Barry M GNP range, you can click here to see that. Cardamom is a very unique green that looks great on nails, paired with any skin colour.

Now, I don't feel justified in reccommending this product to you, because it is £28 and that is simply a ludicrous amount to pay for an eyeshadow stick. However, it does last all day and is incredibly easy to wear, you just pop as much as you want on your lids and use your finger to blend it out, then pop some champagne eyeshadow in the inner corners and as a highlight if you wish. It has phenomenal staying powder and is a classic shade to suit everybody. I would say don't spend £28, look on eBay or check out Kiko cream shadow sticks in Golden Brown (£7) or Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze (£5).

My favourite primer, I use it every time I want my eyeshadow to last, and sometimes if I don't want any eyeshadow at all as it evens the skintone and hides any mascara streaks, because I really like that clean lid look, it makes your lashes stand out fantastically.

Best smelling hand cream I have ever tried, it is supposedly a blend of apricots, argan oil and shea butter, but it smells lovely and sweet like shrinking violets. Instantly makes my hands soft to the touch and again the smell is divine.

I love candles all year round, but I especially love candles in the winter to make my room feel all warm and cosy. Spending more than £3 on a candle is stupid. I like the Fresh Linen candle from Pundland, a lovely clean sheets smell. They also do some a Spiced Apple one to be festive, Marshmallow, French Vanilla and a few more. I got a Gingerbread candle and an Autumn Spice candle from Card Factory for £1.99. 

Beverly Hills 90210
The original series is a lot more heartwarming than the newer one, it has ten seasons which is just incredible. You know a show is good if it lasted that long. I absolutely love it so far, I have just finished the season and I interchange between being in love with Brandon or Dylan. They are both so adorable, it is a really good show. Give it a try.

Thank you for reading, have a wonderful start to December, expect a few Christmas themed posts this week. I will have an awesome Holiday tutorial up for you on Tuesday, as well as Christmas gift ideas and some posts about positivity, follow and comment any of your favourite products that you have tried this month. I honestly love hearing from you all, my social media links are alittlekiran, and you rock. Yes, you do.


Thursday, 27 November 2014

Taylor Swift 1989 Deluxe Album Breakdown

I got a lot of requests for this, so thank you, as always I love hearing your suggestions and I am really happy with the response I got to my track by track review of One Direction's Four (click here to read that post). I love Taylor Swift, so naturally I was excited her 1989 album would be released last month. I know there  was a lot of talk about how she has moved away from her country warbling days (days I will always miss) and is firmly enconsed in the pop genre. I also included my favourite lyrics from each track. So here we go . . . 


Welcome to New York
This just sounds like the song you expect to hear in every film that is set in New York, especially if said person was from Alabama and moved to the Big Apple. It has a shiny, new feel that you'll probably hear in your head if you ever do visit New York. It isn't bad, but I wouldn't want to listen to it unless I had either been to New York or was actually in New York. Maybe as I got off the plane at JFK. It makes me think of Sex And The City and Friends.

Everybody here was someone else before
And you can want who you want

Blank Space
A song I absolutely adore, because I think every girl secretly wants that achievement of obtaining the unattainable, it's what keeps us falling for the guys that are seemingly complex even though in reality they are utter douches. I think the lyrics are clever and slightly empowering, she gets her heart broken in a dramatic way and then she brushes herself off and is on to the next one. There will always be someone else, and I think that's an important reminder. I love all the lyrics in this song.
Cause you know I love the players
And you love the game

But you'll come back each time you leave
Cause darling I'm a nightmare dressed like a daydream

Another favourite of mine, again, because of the lyrics. I have always had a crush on James Dean. Unfortunately, I think this is a song that sounds so much better stripped back and acoustic, she could have done something really amazing with this, but here is an acoustic cover I adore much more than Taylor's.

You got that James Dean day dream look in your eye
And I got that red lip classic thing that you like

Out Of The Woods
This is unlike anything I have heard and while everyone was attempting to puzzle out her words I was happily singing along. I had been most curious about this song since she revealed that it was about almost dying in an accident and how it is supposed to be about the fragility of a relationship and the uncertainty that you won't be together the next day. The chorus gets me every time. It reminds me a little of I Knew You Were Trouble, except I got sick of that song remarkably quickly.

Remember when you hit the brakes too soon
Twenty stitches in a hospital room
When you started crying baby, I did too

All you Had To Do Was Stay
The way this song sounds really grows on me, it is fast-paced, I am not particular in awe of the lyrics. The music elevates it into at least sounding better than it is, so I would advise listening to this song. 
People like you always want back the love they gave away
And people like me wanna believe you when you say you've changed

Shake It Off
Catchy and fun, when I hear it on the radio or in a shop I dance along to it and the only reason I don't hate it is because it's not on my phone or mp3 so I only ever stumble across it by accident.

But I keep cruising can't stop, won't stop moving
It's like I got this music
In my mind, saying it's gonna be alright

I Wish You Would
I didn't like this song at all, it didn't feel like it had much substance, her singing doesn't seem to match the tempo of the music. The whole song feels rushed and impatient and I agree because I just want to get it over with.
You always knew how to push my buttons
You give me everything and nothing
This mad mad love makes you come running

Bad Blood
This is the song you want to turn up in the car, but again less than impressed. The song again is about being wronged by a lover and it's just old territory, The hook before the chorus reminds me strongly of another singer but I can't think who, and it really bothers me when that happens. Also how can she make the monosyllabic word "cut" last forever.
Cause baby now we got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look at what you've done

Wildest Dreams
A dreamy whimsical song, which makes me think of Lana Del Rey at some times during the choruses. I do like it, I guess I am just adjusting to the sudden change of her music.
He's so tall, and handsome as hell
He's so bad but he does it so well
The chorus is pretty good too: Say you'll remember me/Standing in a nice dress, staring at the sunset, babe/Red lips and rosy cheeks/ Say you'll see me again even if it's just in your wildest dreams

How You Get The Girl
Quite a childish tone, but it does work for the meaning behind the song. "Getting the girl" is pretty simple after all and the song both in lyrics and composition mimic that. It is a simple song, and one that gets irritating almost as soon as you've heard it once.
I want you for worse or for better
I would wait for ever and ever
Broke your heart, I'll put it back together

This Love
Another catchy song, that again would have sounded even better acoustic. I really like the chorus, which is the selling point of most of her singles, but the verses don't affect me at all.
This love is good, this love is bad
This love is alive back from the dead

I Know Places
I don't like this song at all, it's about hiding with someone "because I know places we can hide", I guess it centres around hiding out from the papparazzi, it talks about being hunted. Quite a hard song for me to relate to. "They are the hunters we are the foxes." I feel like she is explaining that her relationships are always at a disadvantage because the whole world is privy and seemingly invested in knowing who she is dating, and I guess that can be overwhelming and difficult to deal with, but it's still not a song I like.
Something happens when everybody finds out
See the vultures circling in dark cloud
Love's a fragile little flame, it could burn out

Yet again another song about a breakup, and getting over somebody. Lyrically it's quite poetic, I do like most of her lyrics, but I can take or leave this song. It's not particularly good to dance or pour your heart out to, I guess if you're feeling lonely but not prepared to sob along to Sam Smith this is a lighter version of that. I do love this lyric though:
You're still all over me like I wine-stained dress I can't wear anymore
Hung my head, as I lost the war, and the sky turn black like a perfect storm

I am starting to feel quite bad that I don't like many of these songs at all. This song again is about an unstable love, and how at first everything is perfect and then it all basically falls apart. Common theme.
Didn't they tell us don't rush into things
Didn't you flash your green eyes at me

You Are In Love
This is a sweet song, about knowing you are in love and feeling it in the little things. But I still feel there is something missing, I listened to it and thought "Oh that's nice." But I don't particularly want to listen to it again. It's sweet, but unnecessarily serious and slow.
You two are dancing in a snow globe, round and round
And he keeps the picture of you in his office downtown

New Romantics
Quite a superficial song with little singing, mainly just talking and a heavily auto-tuned, electronic chorus. I hate this song. It's full of cliches and sounds quite terrible, I can't see why this was included on the album in the slightest.
Baby we're the new romantics/Come on, come along with me
Heart break is the national anthem/We sing it proudly

Thank you for reading, other songs I have been loving are Heartbreak Girl and Good Girls by 5 Seconds of Summer, and I also have been loving Emeli Sande's Read All About It Part 3. Leave me a comment with your favourite ever Taylor Swift song and as always please follow my blog if you like my posts (this post took a ridiculous amount of time to write so I would really appreciate any feedback at all from you guys), all my social media links are alittlekiran. Have a wonderful week and I'll be seeing you soon with a really exciting makeup review. I can't wait!


Saturday, 22 November 2014

Life in London

Just last week I spent a long weekend with my sister in London and I thought I would share some pictures with you as well as some ideas of what to do there. Of course, with Christmas nearing you know London is going to look a little magical. My sister is currently attending LSE and is staying in student accommodation in Westminster and there is this gorgeous pub opposite her residence called Sherlock Holmes and it looks really pretty at night.

She lives quite near Trafalgar Square, which is always busy during the daytime, but it is quite funny to see people posing with the lions and messing around. Sometimes, I really love London, I think it is such a uniquely beautiful place and yet I could never live there. I get so impatient, I can't stand the teeming crowds that are almost impossible to walk through, after a while I am sure you get used to it, but for someone who places a lot of emphasis on personal space it feels a little like my worst nightmare.

London at night is lovely, the London Eye is this brilliantly blue wheel and all the lights make you feel safe. Plus, London is busy no matter what time of day or night you are out, especially around this time of year where there is so much to do and see. The Christmas Lights were up on both Oxford Street and Regent Street just this past weekend.

We went to Southbank Winter Festival, which was fun. There was a Rekorderlig Cider Lodge which is a great brand but the drinks were quite expensive, worth going for the cute lodge alone though. All the restaurants were decked out in lights, and there were lots of cute little stalls around selling everything known to mankind. I know, Winter Wonderland is open now in Hyde Park, I went there last year and I honestly can't wait to go again.

I also discovered EAT at London, I honestly don't get the obsession with Pret a Manger, there are literally almost always at least two or three on the same street anywhere in London and they all seem to be thriving and I just don't get it. But EAT do good chai lattes for £2.50 which is frankly bargainous. Also, this sign speaks to me on a spiritual level.

I went to see a play at the PlayHouse Theatre in London as well, we got tickets to see Lindsay Lohan in Speed The Plow. Unbeknownst to us, Richard Schiff (Toby Ziegler from The West Wing) is also in the play and my sister and I were both in shock that THE Toby Ziegler was in the same building as us. I am still in a state of shock actually. It is a good play, but I am definitely more excited to see Wicked next Tuesday!

Finally, we spent most nights either making food at home or ordering food from local takeaways, We went out to eat at a place called Tortilla which do awesome, filling burritos and even more awesome margaritas. Good times.

Thank you for reading, see you very soon. As always leave a comment and follow my blog if you like what you see. I would love to hear about your favourite things to do in the capital, I am returning on Tuesday for another impulsive visit, so let me know all your suggestions in the comments. All my social media links are alittlekiran, hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

One Direction: FOUR

I am not ashamed to say I love One Direction, ever since they released the epic 'What Makes You Beautiful' their songs have always made me feel some kind of emotion. Zayn Malik's voice is like pure gold to me, and prior to this album 'Story of My Life' and 'Through The Dark' from their last album will always be firm winter anthems for me. They are seriously lovely songs, and because I like acoustic anything, here is an amazing cover of 'Little Things' by Madilyn Bailey, who always does excellent covers, and the acoustic version of 'Steal My Girl'. Carry on reading for my verdicts and audios on their new songs from Four, as well as my favourite lyrics from their album.

Now for the new album that was released yesterday: FOUR. In the deluxe version there are 16 tracks in total: Steal My Girl; Ready to Run; Where do Broken Hearts Go?; 18; Girl Almighty; Fool's Gold; Night Changes; No Control; Fireproof; Spaces; Stockholm Syndrome; Clouds; Change Your Ticket; Illusion; Once in a Lifetime; Act My Age. Of these my favourite tracks are 18, it was co-written by Ed Sheeran so naturally it's going to be amazing, Steal My Girl, Fireproof, and Night Changes.

Here is a breakdown of what to expect from the tracks, to help you figure out what to download if you're not willing to take the risk to purchase the whole album:

Steal My Girl - if you haven't heard this song already, where on earth have you been? Download it, it's a fun pop track with good vocals. Unfortunately the music video is completely ridiculous, it's only saving grace is that Danny DeVito (an utter legend) is in it for no real purpose, so I won't make you watch it. The chorus will have you singing with serious passion because Everybody wanna steal my girl, everybody wanna take her heart away, Couple billion in the whole wide world, well find another one cause she belongs to me. 

Ready to Run - not as much of a fan of this track, I won't be downloading it, I like songs with lyrics I can relate to and that have a more ballad feel. This is quite fast-paced, which match the impatient lyrics. I love the introductory guitar because it reminds me a little of 'Through The Dark' but all resemblance ends there. 
Cause I wanna be free and I wanna be young, I'll never look back now, I'm ready to run.

Where do Broken Hearts Go? - This song is easily addictive, after a few listens I was hooked, the lyrics are impossibly sweet and lovely. The perfect song to listen to when you're in the car, peeling down a dual carriage way. I have so many favourite lyrics it is hard to choose one.
So I built you a house from a broken home, Then I wrote you a song with the words you spoke, Yeah, it took me some time but I figured it out, How to fix up a heart that I let down.

18 - FAVOURITE TRACK ALERT! The opening verse had me immediately hooked, possibly because Zayn's voice is smooth as silk, especially when he sings 'So kiss me where I lay down, my hands press to your cheeks, A long way from the playgorund.' I love the whole mood of this song, it makes me think of first love when you're finally out of school and it means a whole lot more. Definite download for this beauty. Listen to it below and fall in love. It is impossible for Ed Sheeran to write a bad song, this further proves my theory.
And all I can do is say that these arms were made for holding you, I wanna love like you made me feel, when we were 18.

Girl Almighty - Not such a fan of this song, the lyrics are said in a strange way to make them rhyme I think. It's fast and I like the slow parts 'Am I the only, only believer'. I am fairly certain this is about seeing a really beautiful girl and just doing whatever you can to get her or keep her. It is a nice song, light hearted and easy to sing along to.
There's something happening here, I hope you feel what I am feeling too.

Fool's Gold - A slow song about being used by a lover, and being more in love with someone than they are with you. It is a slow ballad-like song, with good, smooth vocals but it took me a while to like it, you definitely have to listen to it completely before making a decision. I wasn't convinced until it had reached the end and now it has grown on me a whole lot. It's definitely very relateable if you have been in the same situation at all.
I am the first to admit that I am reckless, and I can't see two feet in front of me. And I know in my heart that you're just a moving part. And yeah I've let you use me from the day we first met.

Night Changes - love the vocals on this song and it makes me think about how transient things are, everything feels like it is moving too fast and as a twenty year old I can completely empathise with that feeling. Another slow song meant to be listened to, it might sound quite sad but it's not, it's about the world changing around you, but they will always be the same. Sweet.
Does it ever drive you crazy, Just how fast the night changes, Everything that you have ever dreamed of, Disappearing when you wake up.

No Control - this is not my type of song, I don't like the music very much, or the vocals, or the lyrics or anything. But listen to it and decide for yourself. It's about having no control when you're infatuated with someone and I guess just wanting to be with them all the time (physically mostly).
I could stay right here and burn in it all day.

Fireproof - completely adore this song, they sing about a rock solid relationship and isn't that what everyone ultimately wants. 
Cause nobody knows you baby, the way I do, and nobody loves you baby the way I do.

Spaces - this song reminds me of 'California King Bed' and the uncertainty and distance in a relationship, where something is wrong and you can feel it but you're both afraid to address it. It's quite sad as it's about the end. I really like the chorus. And if you like the song I suggest 5SoS 'Amnesia', that's a great song as well.
The spaces between us, keep getting deeper, it's harder to reach her, Even though I've tried the spaces between us hold all our secrets and leaving us speechless and I don't know why. Who's gonna be the first to say goodbye?

Stockholm Syndrome - I don't like this song very much, it's using Stockholm Syndrome as a metaphor and I don't really think it works to be honest. 
Baby look what you've done to me, you've got me tied down, Baby I'll never leave if you keep holding me this way.

Clouds - again not a great track for me, but you might like it. Slightly more rock feel, I find it harder to sing to and understand. So have a listen and decide for yourself.
Someday you're gonna see the things that I see, you're gonna want the air that I breathe, You're gonna wish you never left me.

Change Your Ticket - this reminds me of 'Stay' by Ne-Yo, a great song by the way. Wanting someone to stay 'a couple more days'. It is not my favourite song to be honest, I like the verses better than the chorus, although it is pretty catchy.
Don't play innocent I know what you meant when you said you'd come over. Aren't we past playing hard to get we did that when we were younger.

Illusion - is love an illusion? Well, that's the basis of this song and according to One Direction 'this is not an illusion, there is magic between you and me'. A typical, catchy, feel-good song about being in love with someone and promising that you won't break their heart. I think I am getting too jaded for these kind of songs. Sad but true.
Oh baby this is not an illusion, you really got me lifting off my feet. So tell me you believe in love, because it's not an illusion for me.

Once in a Lifetime - slow, serious song which is very short. The vocals in the verses are great, but I don't really get the lyrics or the tone so not one that's going in my playlist. I believe it's about being deeply in love with someone and feeling safe with them and like nothing can go wrong because you have each other, I think the sad tone is because they are singing about a past relationship, so it adds nostalgia and regret.
Once in a lifetime it's just right, and we are always safe. And not even the bad guys in the dark night could take it all away.

Act My Age - this sounds like an upbeat chant that reminds me of the songs they used to play on Heart Radio. I like the message of this song, we all have people that we'll always act the same around no matter if we were 17 or 70. 
I won't act my age, no I won't act my age. No I'll still feel the same around you.

Thank you so much for reading, comment below telling me your favourite song for the album or any music suggestions you have for me. I love discovering new artists and music, whether it be someone who does covers like Madilyn Bailey or just new artists that are out there. Check out Raleigh Ritchie, his music is really original and great, different from all the other artists out there, an honest breath of fresh air. I love Bloodsport, Stay Inside, and Stronger than Ever. Follow my blog if you made it this far, it honestly means a lot to me. Have a wonderful day whatever you are doing.



Monday, 17 November 2014

Barry M Autumn Nails

Barry M is one of my all-time favourite nail polish brands, their Gelly Nail Paints are a great product. They have a decent range of colours, a beautiful shiny finish and they don't break the bank. Everything I look for in a nail polish I can find in a Barry M Gelly Nail Paint. So I was curious when they came out with some choice autumnal shades with interesting names that piqued my interest. Read on for photos and a break down of whether they are worth your pennies or not. 

Above are four out of five of the whole collection. From the left there is: Cardomom, Chilli, Mustard and Paprika. The one nail paint missing is Chai, it is a grey shade and I am positive it is of similar quality, I already own a lot of grey polishes hence the reason I didn't purchase this one. Also, I'm a little confused as to why it's called Chai, but you can see it for yourself below. 

Cardomom is the colour I have on my nails right now and I really love it. It's a very interesting shade of green, almost like a leaf green, which makes it feel very autumnal. I also love Cardomom tea (from Tea India) and drinking that while having matching nails makes me very, absurdly happy. 

Mustard is a vibrant yellowish shade, like mustard basically. I am not sure how I feel about this colour, yellow generally is a difficult colour to wear. I don't believe it particularly pairs well with my skin tone, I think it clashes. It would look wonderful with perhaps lightly tanned skins or darker deeper skin tones that mine, I think it would definitely pop very nicely against those skin tones. 

No autumn nail collection is complete without a classic red. Red, fortunately never goes out of style. As we shift into those colder months we see deeper reds taking the place of blood red, cherry hues. Chilli isn't a burgundy colour by any means but it is a very wearable redd that would suit all skin tones. It is dark enough to hint of winter without detracting from the redness, a fine balance. 

Paprika is an interesting colour, a deep spicy orange that makes me think of Indian spices which is clearly what this collection is inspired by. I think this is a very flattering colour, again it reminds me of turning leaves and is my second favourite after Cardamom. 

The last one is Cappucino, this isn't from the Indian collection but a chocolate shade is mandatory in any autumn/fall collection. It is not a Gelly Paint either which upsets me, I really don't know why Barry M bother adding to any of their other ranges, their Gelly Paints clearly eclipse all the others. But is a warm purple-brown that makes a change from all the black you tend to see this time of year as people get completely over summer and all the bright splashes of colour in their wardrobe. This colour makes me think of the inside of smarties, I don't know why. It's quite light and unique, I'd put on an extra cost of this for longer staying power. 

Thank you for reading, as always if you made it this far, please follow my blog and leave a comment telling me your favourite nail polish brand and what colour you'll be rocking this season. Have a wonderful week and I'll see you very soon. All my social media links are alittlekiran, so tweet or Instagram me for a follow back.

Kiran xx

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

The Perfect Holiday Palette: Bedazzled

With the holiday season fast approaching, everyone gets a little more daring with their makeup. You begin to see super flawless skin, dark berry lips and bold eye makeup. Glitter is a must-have around this time of year, and with good reason, with Christmas almost in touching distance everyone wants to feel just as sparkly as the perfectly decorated towns we live in. You don't have to break the bank to wear highly pigmented shadows that boast glitter that just won't quit, because there is a fabulous find in your nearest Superdrug for less than £5. 

It comes in a small compact cardboard packaging, so very easy to slip into your purse/clutch on a night out for touch ups. There are a total of nine shadows, all very glittery and highly pigmented. There are a nice range of colours, you have your bolder, more striking and vivid green, blues and purples with the softer whites and golds and browns to balance the palette out. 

Colours: On the left are the more daring shades, going from top to bottom, you have a bright purple, which would look fantastic with green or brown eyes, you could run it through your lower lash line for a nice pop of colour, followed by a darker christmassy green and a royal blue. These shades remind me of tinsel. In the middle, you have a softer, more subtle gray, a very glittery and highly pigmented black and a white, which is an excellent highlighting shade for the inner corners and brow bone. Finally, my favourite column of colours, there is a pale champagne gold, which could be used as a highlight for slighter deeper skinned ladies (like me) or if you're just experimenting with a darker colour palette, beneath that is my favourite shade of all which is a very rich glittery gold which reminds me of the chocolate gold coins in shops, and last but not least a warm, glittery brown.

I only recently stumbled across this palette as I was rooting through my drawers back at home, and I was pleasantly surprised with how pigmented it was. I placed the gold shade all over my lid (left, middle row) using my finger tip, which deposits the most colour, and blended it out with a matte brown shade from a different palette. I really liked the way it looked, and it lasted all day without primer. I love golds, I have a great many different gold shadows as I think they pair especially well with brown eyes. 

Leave a comment telling me what your favourite holiday palette is and follow my blog for a chance to win a Collection Bedazzled Palette! I am going to spend the rest of the week scouring Boots, Debenhams, Space NK and Selfridges to have a sneaky look at all the holiday collections out. I really love this time of year. Thank you so much for reading, if you made it this far please follow my blog if you like it. All my social media links are alittlekiran. Love to you all ♥.

Kiran xxx


Bonfire Night ❤

This is just a short post about my bonfire night. For the first time ever, we actually did our own firework display in our tiny little yard in our tiny little student house. It was a really fun and cute night. I held a sparkler in my hand for the first time in my life. I seriously missed out as a child. It was quite a chilled night, a few of my housemate's friends came over, we made nachos, watched some Modern Family, and had a fun little firework display and messed around with sparklers. One of the girls that came over made a video, which I thought I would share with you guys because it's quite sweet. So enjoy!


Share your Bonfire Night plans with me in the comments below and I'll see you soon with a new post. A little phone update for you guys, the screen is fixed but the camera isn't working and there is no earthly explanation why. So if you have ever heard of this happening or have any idea what could be wrong or how to fix it, it would mean an awful lot to me if you would share any pertinent information. Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this short post and have a lovely time for the rest of the week. If you made it this far, please follow if you like my blog. All my social media links are alittlekiran. Love to you all ♥ . 

 Kiran xxx

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Winter Favourites

I really wanted to do an October Favoruties for you guys but unfortunately this was impossible for a variety of reasons so I thought I would do a Winter Favourites instead. I love all the seasons, there is something special about each of them, in Spring it starts to get warmer, in Summer I get to reunite with my friends from back home and laze around reading in the sunshine, in Autumn everyone gets a little more daring with their makeup you see berry lips and gorgeous coppery eyes and let's be honest you could be wearing pyjamas under that divine duster coat, and finally Winter . . . 

The season of festivity and snow. I go candle mad and Christmas jumper crazy around this time of year, it's not uncommon of me to buy two different Christmas drinks from Costa in one day; I'm completely addicted and I am already dreaming of mulled wine and Winter Wonderland. So without further ado, here are some of my most cherished things for these cold upcoming months. It's a short and sweet one this time, I promise. 

I have only recently discovered this brand, I received the pillow spray in the goodie bag haul I did previously but have yet to try it (click here for that monumental haul). After using this cram for a while, I don't think I will be disappointed. It's a hand and body cream designed to help you relax and sleep better. It contains a range of good-for-you ingredients such as lavender (which is widely renowned as aiding sleep), vertivert, chamomile and some pleasure oils. I massage it on my hands and feet and I find that the scent seems to lull me into quite a deep sleep. It is a very nice product. Any lavender cream will do if you're looking for a less expensive option.

Make-up Bag - £7
This make-up bag was a thoughtful gift from my sister from a few years ago. It has unfortunately been tossed aside since then as it already own a bunch. However, my most used makeup bag which is a simple pink bag from Next is looking decidedly tatty these days and I really love the colour and vintage design of this bag. It fits a good amount of makeup in as well. Leave a comment if you would like an updated everyday makeup bag post!

Piggy Bank - £30
Another adorable gift from a friend. I like to save money, and I seem to do a lot more of this during the winter. I need less clothes because my coat covers whatever fabulous attire I am wearing and I live in cosy oversized jumpers and about three pairs of leggings layered over tights ( try it . . .you won't go back). I don't go out as much, I prefer to stay in with my candles and my stuffed Olaf, drink masala chai and watch Modern Family until I realise my love for Phil is getting completely out of control. So all my pretty pennies drop into this beauty and I feel very proud every time I drop a coin in there. I couldn't find the exact one but if you click on the piggy bank link you will find some gorgeous personalised ones from Etsy.

My hair was recently chopped so you could argue that I don't need this, but on the contrary it smells amazing, adds shine as well as preventing damage to the ends. It has a slightly watermelon scent which is incredible. I really reccommend this product, I am trying hard to look after my hair lately.

This a firming, smoothing lotion that has a slight shimmer. I love the almond scent,  it is the perfect pampering product for when you're going out on a date or to a big night out when you want to feel glamorous and perfect. Apply all over the body after exfoliating for J-Lo skin. I sometimes mix a drop or two with my foundation to give it a more dewy look. 

Cup-a-Soup - £0.50
A winter must-have everywhere. When you're ill and away from home so you have no one to bring you fresh soup and crusty bread, reach for this. Drink while huddled in a blanket, clutching a hot water bottle with your favourite Christmas candle blazing while you watch the ultimate feel-good movie. Dip the thick bread you usually discard into this and you will feel tonnes better (don't waste food people). Whether you're homesick, actually sick, or just hungry this is an instant pick-me-up. I also like their vegetable version and chicken and leek. 

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire - £6.39
I stumbled across this author by accident and I love her. So far I have read Beautiful Disaster, Walking Disaster and Beautiful Oblivion and I just picked up Beautiful Wedding from the library today. These books are definitely targeted at girls, it's about love and romance and all that jazz. It's cute and quick to read and just gives you a lot of feel-good vibes. It reminds me of films like Mean Girls or Ferris Beuller's Day Off, because just like those films I could easily read these books repeatedly. 

Thank you so much for reading. If you made it this far, please follow by clicking here. All my social media links are alittlekiran and leave a comment telling me what you love the most about winter. I'll start. . . I love the decorations in the town centres, it feels like there is a bit of sparkle everywhere. Love to you all, and stay safe.

Kiran xxx
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